Client was a passenger of a vehicle that was stopped for expired tags. The officer smelled burnt marijuana and client was acting very nervous. Ultimately, client was cited for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Client’s greatest concern was the mandatory minimum 6 month license suspension on each of the charges.
During this time, the legislature was known to do away with the mandatory suspension. I delayed client’s cases until client’s system was clean and client didn’t test “dirty” any more. Prior to going before the judge, the State agreed to request no license suspension if the defendant took a urine test and tested negative for marijuana. On the day of the plea change, client took a court urine test which was negative. Since client did in fact test negative, client entered a No Contest to the charges. Client was fined $35 for a single possession charge. No license suspension was imposed.